CEC Energy Services
Tony Coonrod – CEO
Created in 1956 by C.W. “Clif” Coonrod, Coonrod Electric has a proud heritage of providing electrical and instrumentation services to a variety of industrial companies and agricultural facilities including cotton gins and grain elevators throughout Texas and selected sites in Louisiana and Pennsylvania. His son, Tony Coonrod, began working regularly in the family business in 1976. Since 1998, Mr. Coonrod has overseen the day to day operations of the company and took over controlling interest of the company in 2008. Today, he carries on the quality of excellence and dedication instilled by his father and has built around him a highly skilled team of project managers, superintendents, electricians, programmers, installers, and technicians. With the addition of CEC Corrosion Services and the subsequent creation of the parent company CEC Energy Services, Mr. Coonrod has created the ability to better service the needs of both companies’ customer base in the oil, pipeline, and industrial fields. Mr. Coonrod is a licensed Master Electrician in the State of Texas.
Danny Cook – President
Danny Cook joined Coonrod Electric in April of 2012. The introduction of Mr. Cook into the family business marked a strategic turning point at Coonrod Electric as the company positioned itself to take on the increasing demand of the recent boom in the United States Shale plays. His knowledge and experience led to the successful acquisition of CEC Corrosion Services as well as the successful expansion of both companies into the West Texas, Houston, NM, OK and AR regions allowing the family business to further diversify in the oilfield services sector under the accreditive creation of CEC Energy Services as the parent company. Mr. Cook’s previous experience includes over 12 years of both domestic and international business in oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. East Coast, West Africa, Mexico, South America and Southeast Asia. Mr. Cook’s work concentrated on offshore and onshore pipeline construction, operations management, establishing multi-regional offices and business development in the following positions: Operations Manager of OPI International, Director of Operations and Projects for Hallin Marine West Africa (a Superior Energy Services Company), Project Manager for Canyon Offshore (a Helix Energy Solutions Company), Project Engineer for Subsea 7, and Project Engineer/Field Engineer for Horizon Offshore (Cal Dive). Mr. Cook has a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Technology from Texas State University.
Terry Lightfoot – Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Lightfoot joined CEC in 2018 and brings over 38 years of combined experience in electrical, instrumentation construction and maintenance. Mr. Lightfoot is a 2nd generation master electrician as well as an instrumentation technician and project management professional who began his career in the late 1970’s as an entry level electrical apprentice, working his way up to such positions as Journeyman, Electrical Superintendent and Estimator. In 1988, Mr. Lightfoot began his career with Pyramid Corporation as an Electrical/Instrumentation Construction & Maintenance Superintendent and continued his climb upward assuming roles of increasing responsibility over the next 26 years as Area Manager, PM, District Manager and Vice President US Business Development /Gulf Coast Operations. Upon the acquisition and merger with PTW Energy Services, Mr. Lightfoot served as the Director of Gulf Coast Operations.
Jaren Downs – Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Downs joined CEC in 2017 and brings over 15 years’ experience in financial, accounting, and managerial experience to the company. Ms. Downs began her professional career as an accountant and quickly worked her way up through the years. By 2006, Ms. Downs became a controller at Orion Drilling Company, LLC and by 2013, she became the Vice President / Corporate Controller / Accounting Officer where she oversaw day to day operations for accounting, purchasing, payroll, and inventory. Ms. Downs is a graduate of Texas A&M University – Kingsville with a degree in Business Administration and Master of Accountancy from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.
John Sanchez – Chief Administration Officer
Mr. Sanchez joined CEC in 2012 after spending 20 years with the Texas Department of Transportation. His experience includes monitoring, forecasting and developing multi-million dollar administrative, maintenance, and construction budgets, accounts payable and receivable, general accounting operations, safety operations, purchasing, warehousing, information systems, and human resources for the 300+ employees of the ten county Corpus Christi District. Previous titles held by Mr. Sanchez are Director of Administration, Business Operations Manager, Purchasing Materials Administrator, Human Resources Manager, Chief Accountant and Warehouse Supervisor. Mr. Sanchez has a Bachelor of Behavioral Science Degree from Hardin-Simmons University.
Arnold Barrera – Vice President – Electrical Services
Mr. Barrera joined Coonrod Electric in January 2014 as Director of Operations and Projects bringing over 42 years of industrial electrical knowledge to the company’s management team. In this position, Mr. Barrera is responsible for all electrical operations, services, and projects for Coonrod Electric. Mr. Barrera began his career as an apprentice and worked his way through the ranks and has held positions of increasing responsibility such as Superintendent, Project Manager, Estimating Manager and Regional Manager. His extensive knowledge and experience of new construction, rehabilitation, and service projects for the pipeline, oilfield, and petrochemical industries, assists Coonrod Electric in responding quickly and efficiently to our core customer base. Mr. Barrera is a licensed Master Electrician in the State of Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma and is committed to protecting the health and safety of his employees, the environment, and the assets of his clients.
Andy Van Blarcum – Vice President – Cathodic Protection & Field Services
Mr. Van Blarcum joined CEC Corrosion Services in December 2014 as our Construction Superintendent and brings over 25 years of cathodic protection, pipeline integrity, and field services knowledge to the company’s management team. In 2016, Mr. Van Blarcum was promoted to Vice President of Operations. Over the past 25 years, he has created internal and external corrosion management programs for multiple operators and has been involved in the design assistance and installation of impressed current and galvanic cathodic protection systems, valve maintenance and operations, pipeline re-coat projects, pipeline integrity and compliance, leak detection surveys, pipeline survey and mapping, and general lease crew services. Mr. Van Blarcum also brings a broad range of experience compiled during his 17-year tenure with Energy Transfer Company where he planned and managed projects of all sizes for multiple integrity projects as a Pipeline Integrity Specialist, Corrosion Technician, and a Special Project Team member. He is also a certified Veriforce trainer with over one hundred operator qualified certifications and is certified in Aqua Wrap installation and instruction, Ultrasonic Testing, Mag Particle / Dye Penetrate and NACE certified in Cathodic Protection. Mr. Van Blarcum also previously worked for Coonrod Electric Co., K&R Compressor, R&R Contractors, J&C Services and is a proud Army Veteran having served his country in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He is committed to protecting the health and safety of his employees, the environment, and the assets of his clients.
Tino Garcia – HSEQ Manager
Mr. Garcia joined the CEC team in 2016 and brings over 35 years of Operations, Health, Safety, and Environmental experience to Coonrod Electric and its customers. In addition to his role as corporate HSEQ Manager, Mr. Garcia is the Operation Manager of the newly formed CEC SafeGuard. His experience includes Operations expertise with Celanese Chemical Corporation and Air Liquide America. Mr. Garcia’s background as an Industrial Firefighter, Paramedic, and extensive knowledge of Federal and State health, safety and environmental regulations allows him to combine his Safety Professional knowledge with real world experience. This has allowed Mr. Garcia to experience, develop, and implement various safety programs for MarkWest Energy, Lewis Energy, Kanon Services and Buckeye Texas Processing as well as private clients throughout the state of Texas. Mr. Garcia has completed various safety training courses through the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, American Safety and Health Institute, OSHA and NCEER. Mr. Garcia is an Occupational Safety and Health Technologist and attained his degree in Occupational Safety and Health at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX.